The Political Junkie
The GOP continues to gain seats in the House, which means more freshman will be coming to Capitol Hill in January. Chip Cravaack is one of them. He is the first Republican elected by Minnesota's eighth district since World War II. So how does someone who rode the Republican wave into office represent a traditionally blue district? Congressman-elect Cravaack will discuss that with Neal Conan and our political junkie Ken Rudin. Plus, several political scandals are coming to a head this week. Villanova political scientist Lara Brown will explain how they'll affect the parties.
Men who take a pill called Truvada can cut their risk of HIV infection by up to 73 percent, according to a new study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers found that healthy gay men who took the daily antiretroviral pill were more protected against contracting HIV. Host Neal Conan talks with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, about this groundbreaking development in the fight against AIDS.
Mickey Mantle: The Last Boy
Mickey Mantle was everything that Jane Leavy remembered when she met him. He was the Hall of Fame Yankee, with unmet potential; a great competitor, with a smile as wide as Oklahoma. While Mick was revered as an American icon, he was still a human with personal struggles. From his wrenching childhood to the crippling injuries, and struggles with alcoholism, Mantle fought his own demons behind closed doors. In a new book, The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood, Leavy recreates the days that shaped Mantle's life and tells the story of her hero in the context of those pivotal moments.
Traveling While Fat
Long lines, intimate pat downs, scanner boycotts and baggage fees... airline travel is a pain for just about everyone. But for many overweight passengers, traveling isn't simply an annoyance — it can be physically uncomfortable, expensive, embarrassing, even humiliating. And as Rob Goldstone writes in the New York Times, the travails of travel for a heavy person extend beyond the airplane, to navigating transit turnstiles and enduring pokes and prods from the curious. Rob Goldstone joins Neal Conan to discuss what he calls the tricks and trials of traveling while fat.